Week two of our trip started at the stunning Nam Hai Resort near Hoi An, about 30 mins drive south of the city of Da Nang, about a one hour flight from our previous spot. The Nam Hai is a breathtaking hotel with exceptional service. We were a little nervous arriving with the three kids, after the more casual, relaxed and family friendly Evason, particularly as the Nam Hai is very polished and slick and they like to do everything properly and perfectly, but their service is second to none. After the first 24 hrs we discovered plenty of other little kids and realised that we weren’t the pariahs we felt at first, so relaxed about the whole thing. I figure if a hotel or restaurant has a baby chair they have to be prepared for everything that comes with little kids!
The central part of the resort features three pools, two reserved for adults only and one for families. Quite rightly in a place like this. Thankfully the kids were happy to stay at the kids’ club for a few hours in the morning, so we were spoilt by some much needed quiet and precious hours by the very serene and exquisite grown ups pool, which overlooked the beautiful beach and ocean. It really was like paradise.
I did walk down to the beach on our first morning by the pool, but even wearing my thongs the sand was so scorchingly hot I had to run as fast as I could to the sea and plunge my searing feet into the water for some welcome relief. It was simply too hot to sit on the beach, umbrella or not!
The resort is made up of 60 one bedroom villas as well as 40 privately owned 2 to 5 bedroom residences each with infinity pool.
There were two restaurants, the above beach restaurant around the pool which served lunch and the main restaurant below which served breakfast and dinner.
We all squashed into a one bedroom villa which had plenty of space, although we put Amelia’s cot in the bathroom so she could have her day sleeps with the doors closed, while we waited in the room for her to wake up. The room was beautifully designed and decorated although rather impractical for young kids, with lots of platforms and levels, steps, drops and sharp corners. The kids treated it a bit like an obstacle course most of the time. Lots of ornaments and breakables too which was a bit stressful, but for adults only it would be ideal!
The spa (below) consisted of 8 treatment villas which were floating in this large ornamental lake. It was very luxurious.
The library at the Nam Hai was beautifully decorated.
And Vietnamese food is just magnificent. Chock full of fresh ingredients, fragrant herbs, crisp salads, succulent seafood and spicy sauces. The perfect food for such hot temperatures.
The ancient town of Hoi An is a must see. Located on the Thu Bon River, it is a centuries old river port listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town was an important trade port in the strategic spice trade from Indonesia for many centuries. It as been developed over the last ten years and grown into a thriving tourism hotspot, full of wonderful Vietnamese cafes and restaurants, shops, hotels, B&Bs and bars.
We decided to eat in Hoi An every night as it was not only significantly cheaper than the hotel, but far more interesting and diverse with a real foodie scene. We ate at some wonderful local restaurants and savoured the most delicious dishes. This photo about is taken outside Miss Ly, which is a fabulous and famous local restaurant whose resident cook Miss Ly has been personally preparing all the dishes there her whole life. The food was fresh, healthy, tasty, authentic and historic. Interestingly Miss Ly’s daughter is married to an American who is the host.